DiscoBlog: The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!

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DiscoBlog: The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!

Post by bystander » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:06 pm

The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!
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Re: DiscoBlog: The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!

Post by geckzilla » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:31 pm

I saw that earlier today at another forum. Pretty awesome! I like the camera work too. It looks like they used a huge warehouse.
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Re: DiscoBlog: The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!

Post by neufer » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:32 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg wrote:
<<Reuben Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons he created depicting complex devices that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. In 1931 the Merriam–Webster dictionary adopted the word "Rube Goldberg" as an adjective defined as accomplishing something simple through complex means. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948. Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society, and is the name sake of the Reuben Award which the organization awards to Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg contests.

Rube Goldberg graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1904 with a College of Mining degree and was hired by the city of San Francisco as an engineer for the Water and Sewers Department. He resigned after six months to join the San Francisco Chronicle as a sports cartoonist. The following year, he took a job with the San Francisco Bulletin, where he remained until he moved to New York City in 1907.

Goldberg was married to Irma Seeman in 1916. They lived at 88 Central Park West and had two sons named Thomas & George. Goldberg did not share a surname with his children for the reason that during World War II he received a large amount of hate mail because of the political nature of his cartoons. As a result he ordered his sons to change their names for safety reasons. Both of his sons chose the last name of George, wanting to keep a sense of family cohesiveness. Thomas and George's children now run a company called RGI (Rube Goldberg Incorporated) to keep the survival of Goldberg's name.

A prolific artist, Goldberg produced several cartoon series simultaneously, including Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions, Lala Palooza and The Weekly Meeting of the Tuesday Women's Club. The cartoons that brought him lasting fame involved a character named Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts. In that series, Goldberg drew labeled schematics of the comical "inventions" which would later bear his name.

This postcard book, Rube Goldberg's Inventions!, was compiled by Maynard Frank Wolfe from the Rube Goldberg Archives. The cover illustration shows Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin.
The "Self-Operating Napkin" is activated when the soup spoon (A) is raised to mouth, pulling string (B) and thereby jerking ladle (C) which throws cracker (D) past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and lights automatic cigar lighter (J), setting off skyrocket (K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow the pendulum with the attached napkin to swing back and forth, thereby wiping chin.

Goldberg wrote a feature film featuring his machines and sculptures called Soup to Nuts which was released in 1930 and starred Ted Healy and The Three Stooges. Various other films and cartoons have included highly complex machines that perform simple tasks. Among these are Flåklypa Grand Prix, Looney Tunes, Wallace and Gromit, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Way Things Go, Edward Scissorhands, Back to the Future, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Goonies, Gremlins, the Saw film series, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Cat from Outer Space, Malcolm and Waiting...

The 2010 music video "This Too Shall Pass - RGM Version" by the rock band OK Go features a machine that, after four minutes of kinetic activity, shoots the band members in the face with paint. "RGM" presumably stands for Rube Goldberg Machine. The video, like several of their other videos, is one camera/one take, therefore assuring the audience that the machine is valid.>>
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